When I first began my journey with watercolor, I closely followed an artist who used a combination of colors to produce black. She would, for instance, mix blue and brown to produce a wide array of grays and an “almost black,” which then could be used to give paintings an interesting depth of color while providing contrast. I never remember her using white, although there were instances where masking fluid was used to allow the white of the paper to add dimension.
Hence I never added black or white to my collection of paints. Until now! As I have explored different artwork, I have become very intrigued with the dimension that black can add to a work and how it can make other colors become more prominent in a painting. Alongside that is the notion that it just completes the range of colors that make up most of what we see. Real life has lots of white and black so this lends itself to art as well; this makes art more recognizable to us.
I look forward to creating some pieces with my new passion for white and black. Can’t wait to share them with you!
I have been hard at work on a piece for a juried show entry. I felt compelled to do a hummingbird and thought I would try my hand at using gold watercolor paint for the first time. I really love how it turned out and that the painting takes on a slightly different identity depending on the angle from which you view it! Hope this thing flies into the finals, but even if it doesn’t, it was a ton of fun to create. Have you tried something new today?
This week I am very excited to focus on cubism. Pablo Picasso was one of the founders of this movement, which placed art within the confines of geometric shapes, two dimensional space and multiple viewpoints. Here is a lovely essay on this style, if you care to learn more!
This week, the work which is our launching point is Sylvette by Picasso. A lovely portrait painted with lots of shapes, colors and limited detail, so that we are forced to focus on the things that are important to consider. Keeping that in mind, this week’s challenge is to:
Complete a modern portrait of something inspirational to you while paying homage to cubism.
I chose to do a painting of a female with lots of colors and shapes. The shapes in my artwork were placed to enhance facial features and give more interest to the picture as a whole. Also, as I was completing the work, I started thinking about how symmetry is often related to beauty. Hence, I offset some of the facial features to see if my perception would change. What do you think? Is the woman in the painting beautiful still, or does the misalignment of things take away from her appeal?
I look forward to seeing what you come up with! If you are new to this challenge, you can visit this page for more details. Also, don’t forget to tag your work with #whatsnextwed, so that everyone can see what you’ve done.
Special thanks to talented artist Holly Sharpe for giving me some inspiration in modernizing this piece. You can visit her lovely work here.
This week, we will be taking a journey into the world of Surrealism. Here is a lovely essay about this movement and what it embodies. Surrealism asks for you to imagine. To take the real and process it in the factory of the mind, where added colors, shapes and packaging can change it into a totally new product. My initial idea was to reinterpret The Persistence of Memory by Salavador Dali, as this work is pretty well known and found interesting by many. However, I then decided to allow for a broader interpretation of things and so will simply concentrate on the movement this week. So here is my Dragon Fly.
This stemmed from my often picking dragonflies as a subject and wondering what it would be like to reinterpret them. Do you see what I did there? Just a quick, fun leap into the imagination! Do feel free to visit Dali’s aforementioned artwork here to gain some additional inspiration and to learn more about Surrealism in general.
So for you this week:
Add some surrealism to a recent dream, thought or memory that you’ve had.
Make it simple, or make it elaborate. Just make it. Also, if you are new to What’s Next Wednesday, please visit the event page here for all the specifics and don’t forget to add the hashtag #whatsnextwed to your work so we can all share in the creativity. Thanks for checking out this post, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!